Loy fires 72 to lead 4A state tourney

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FOREST — Sherando High School sophomore Brett Loy fired an even-par 72 to finish in first place after Monday’s opening round of the Group 4A state golf tournament at Ivy Hills Golf Course.

Loy handled a misty, muddy course with a solid effort that included four birdies and four bogeys to finish even. His friend and regular rival on the course, James Wood’s Roger Repasky, finished the day tied for second with a 73. They’ll play together as part of a foursome for today’s final round.

“He can think of one or two holes he’d like to have back, but he was pretty solid all the way through,” Sherando coach Rob Wright said of Loy.

With more rain in the forecast for Tuesday, tournament officials moved up the opening tee times an hour to 8 a.m. Depending on the weather, golfers could play an additional 18 holes or have that shortened to less. If rain does stop play, final scoring will be based on the last hole completed by the final group on the course. If bad weather cancels the second round altogether, final scoring would be based solely on Monday’s opening round.

“I talked to him and he told me, ‘I’m ready to play,'” Wright said.

Group 3A state golf

FOREST — Central junior Joseph Plauger forged a tie for 15th place after Monday’s opening round of the Group 3A state golf tournament at Ivy Hills Golf Course.

Plauger finished with an 82.

“He had a great front nine, and a not great back nine,” Falcons coach Jeff Walters said of Plauger, who shot a 38 over the first nine holes but struggled to a 44 on the back nine.

Plauger will be back on the course Tuesday, with a tee time scheduled for a little past 9 a.m.

Group 2A state golf

ABINGDON — Strasburg junior Colten Smith fired a 16-over-par 88 on the first day of the Group 2A state golf tournament Monday at Glenrochie Country Club.

Strasburg head coach Jordan Hardy said Smith and the rest of the field had to battle windy conditions throughout much of the day, and fast greens led to some elevated scores, he added.

Smith, who won last week’s Region 2A East tournament, will have to improve on the par-72 course today — the final day of the tournament — to have a shot at medaling.

“He’ll have to play really well [today],” Hardy said. “Not a really, really low round, but he’ll have to shoot low to have a chance.”

Hardy said the weather forecast isn’t calling for rain until the afternoon, and he said tournament officials hope to get the field — which also includes the 1A state tournament competitors — through at least nine holes. Smith is scheduled to tee off with the final group of No. 1 golfers today, Hardy said. The tournament is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

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